Best New Music: Fifi Rong – Forbidden Desire [WPGM Premiere]
Forbidden Desire Premiere (read here)
China has a deep, rich and rooted history. From myths and legends, imperialism, to being the centre-piece for Eastern Asia. With the modern-age, China is fast becoming a superpower, with a strong economic structure and captivating culture. It has the highest populous in the world, so can you imagine wanting to be a musician in the West? For most, it would be a dream but for a very talented young woman, it’s a reality.
Born in Beijing, now based in London, Fifi Rong is chasing her dream by carefully cultivating her career. She’s already worked with Tricky among others, and has released two EPs and one album, titled Wrong. Fifi labels her music as ‘hybrid electronic’, and she couldn’t be more accurate.
Fifi’s sound is like a void surrounded by colour, it evokes darkness and doom while also creating a sense of inner peace and tranquility. Her music is idiosyncratic, using her heritage as the musical roots, and the music she grew up with as influences. In the celestial soundscapes she creates, you’ll find a vast amount of personality and musical influence; from Chinese folk, to moody, modern-day R&B. However, her musical blueprint is very much her own.
Not only is her music influenced by her roots, her image is too. Her whole aesthetic is reminiscent of a Geisha. The photos of her are powerful, eliciting mystique and beauty. The level of creativity from the music to her visuals is striking. They come together, fitting with the gloomy, mysterious and free-spirited direction of Rong, as an artist, creative and person.
Throughout her musical journey so far, there are already signs of growth and musical development, with each release she seems to discover more of her talents, and more of herself. The level of progression from track to track is noticeable and her sound is clearly evolving. Where she’ll end up is yet to be seen, it’ll be an interesting career to see blossom.
Her limitless attitude, and lack of musical definition allows her to take the music wherever she sees fit. Fifi Rong has placed herself in a good position in terms of creativity, she hasn’t allowed herself to be chained by conformity or a genre, her hybrid nature expresses her vision and that’s admirable.